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[TPU] ASUS Combines Killer NIC and Xonar Audio into Single Addon Card

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ASUS' first encounter with the Killer NIC is in the form of a multifunction addon card called ASUS ThunderBolt. Multifunction addon cards aren't new to ASUS. Recently, it released U3S6, a card that integrates USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s controllers with two ports of each kind. The ThunderBolt, on the other hand, integrates Bigfoot Killer 2100 network controller and ASUS Xonar sound. So in one package, it gives gamers access to a more responsive network and clearer audio.

The ASUS ThunderBolt is a PCI-Express addon card, integrating a Killer 2100 controller with its own dedicated memory; and in probability, an ASUS AV100 audio chipset found on low-profile ASUS Xonar sound cards such as Xonar DS. It provides 7.1 channel audio out with over 100 dBA SNR, and packs software that emulates popular positional-audio technologies such as EAX, and various Dolby/DTS mojo. The card draws power from a 4-pin Molex connector. The entire card is covered by an EMI shield, which also gives it a nice "product" feel.

To begin with, ASUS will bundle the ThunderBolt with its new upcoming LGA1366 motherboard, the Rampage III Black Edition. In the near future, it may also sell the card separately.

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post #2 of 69
I approve of this.
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This might be the first Killer NIC you might actually want to buy.
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Thats one slick looking thing!
I have a killer 2100 myself, and a seperate soundcard, if this comes along, it could save me one PCI-e lane
    
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I like. I also like that they'll bundle it with the new Rampage board.
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How much though?
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Why another 1366 mobo when 1155 just arrived? The Killer NIC and sound card into one package is really nice. I was wondering about picking up a good sound card, but this combo package seems too good to be true.
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That's so awesome! I love my Xonar, and I've always been curious about the Killer. However, I don't think it's going to be cheap...
    
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I like. I also like that they'll bundle it with the new Rampage board.
Any news or pics of new rampage board?

Only 1 thing is killing this card for me - the molex connector
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About time they bundled their own sound card with one their boards.
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